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Stella Hardesty dispatched her abusive husband with a wrench shortly before her 50th birthday. A few years later, she’s so busy delivering home-style justice on her days off, helping other women deal with their own abusive husbands and boyfriends, that she barely has time to run her sewing shop in her rural Missouri hometown.
Some men need more convincing than others, but it’s usually nothing a little light bondage or old-fashioned whuppin' can’t fix. Since Stella works outside of the law, she’s free to do whatever it takes to get the job done - as long as she keeps her distance from the handsome devil of a local sheriff, Goat Jones.
When young mother Chrissy Shaw asks Stella for help with her no-good husband, Roy Dean, it looks like an easy case. Until Roy Dean disappears with Chrissy’s two-year-old son, Tucker. Stella quickly learns that Roy Dean was involved with some very scary men, as she tries to sort out who’s hiding information and who’s merely trying to kill her. It’s going to take a hell of a fight to get the little boy back home to his mama, but if anyone can do it, it’s Stella Hardesty.
A Bad Day for Sorry won an Anthony Award for Best First Novel and an RT Book Award for Best First Mystery. It was also shortlisted for Edgar, Barry, Crimespree, and Macavity Awards, and it was named to lists of the year's best mystery debuts by the Chicago Sun-Times and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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By Jane on 03-21-14
2 ½ stars. I don’t recommend it.
She gets in trouble when she does stupid things.
I loved the concept. Stella goes after men who abuse their wives. She beats them and tortures them so they will stop hurting women (spouses and ex-spouses). Stella runs a sewing/quilting shop. She goes after these guys as a side job for low or no pay. She started this after she killed her husband, hitting him in the head with a wrench. He had abused her for years. After that she began exercising and learned to use guns. She has no other training. She doesn’t want the police to know what she’s doing, so she keeps lots of secrets.
This is the first book in a series.
Plot: Chrissy’s baby is stolen. Chrissy thinks her ex-husband did it. The cops are looking for the baby and so is Stella. But everything Stella does is on the quiet. She doesn’t let the cops know what she learns. I had problems with that. Someone tells Stella that X has the baby and where X is living. Stella should tell the cops who would go there with guns and get the baby. But Stella does not do that because she thinks the baby might get hurt if the cops attack. She thinks she can do a better job of it. But she does NOT do a better job of it. What happens makes Stella look stupid. Three times Stella went somewhere with a gun. And each time the bad guys got the gun away from her and worse. She did not do smart things. But with some unexpected luck there is a happy ending.
At times I was impatient with Stella’s internal ponderings. Is that good because I wanted to story to get going so I could see what would happen? Or is it bad because I didn’t want to listen to the pondering? Probably bad. In a good book I don’t even raise that question.
The narrator Kym Dakin was good.
Genre: mystery suspense crime fiction
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Cynthia on 03-13-12
A Fun Read
What did you love best about A Bad Day for Sorry?
I really loved the brash and total disregard of the feelings of the men who beat or belittle the women in their lives. Stella's
What was one of the most memorable moments of A Bad Day for Sorry?
The use of quilting tools in a unique way
What about Kym Dakin???s performance did you like?
I really LOVE the style of character Kym Dakin brings forth for Stella. She vocalizes the other characters well too. If you close your eyes you can picture them perfectly!
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Wife beaters beware... It's a Baaaaad day for Sorry!
Any additional comments?
Sophie Littlefield brings humor and empathy to a subject many either ignore or avoid. She also points out to us that life DOES go on after 50. We forget that sometimes
4 of 4 people found this review helpful